Portfolio Day 2015: Creativity Thrives in the 805

Cost is $15 to present your work, or $10 to be an observer.

UPDATE: As of 4/29 our observer slots are all full and we cannot take any more observer registrations.

Registrants, be prepared to show five to 10 pieces of your best work in graphic design, illustration, photography, multimedia or web design, or film and animation (please do not pick more than two categories). Let us know what categories of work you will be showing and what format you will be presenting—on a board, in a book, or on your laptop or tablet (videos can be shown on a large media projector).

Once registered, a member of AIGA Santa Barbara will contact you to coordinate your technology needs and answer any questions you may have about the event.

Student registrants: please watch this space for more info related to this event as we get it.

SAFTEY NOTE: Because the event is being held on a working sound stage, Brooks requires that everyone wear closed toed shoes; no open-toed shoes or sandals. It’s a OSHA safety requirement.

Previous student attendees on AIGA SB Portfolio Day:

"Sophomore year of college was the first time I attended AIGA SB Portfolio Day. From knowing nothing about the design career path I wanted to go into and how to create a portfolio, this event was a great first step. After attending portfolio day for the past three years, I've built an invaluable design network, created a portfolio catered to product design and brand identity, and landed a top job right out of college in the Bay Area. Drive, passion, and persistence is key! Be humble. Take the time to learn from the professionals who are meeting with you at this event and keep in touch with them."

Ali Albiani
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Class of 2014

"AIGA Portfolio Day gave me valuable insight on my work from top industry professionals. It helped bridge the gap from the classroom to the field and allowed me to refine my presentation and communication skills. Portfolio Day is a key experience to the development of any creative student."

Ben Blanchard
Cal State Channel Islands, Class of 2014


12:30 pm - Check-in and student sign-up
1:00 pm - Welcome & Overview
1:30 pm - Review session 1
2:00 pm - Review session 2
2:30 pm - Break, Snack
3:00 pm - Review session 3
3:30 pm - Closing

Our reviewers hail from large agencies, small firms, freelance studios, in-house departments, educational institutions, and television/film studios; they have diverse backgrounds in design, photography, web development, and more. The 2015 Portfolio Day Reviewers are:

Meg Barbour (CEO/Founder, The Barbour Shop)
Christian Cerrilla (Graphic Designer, Warner Brothers/Telepictures)
Holly Dickens (Hand Lettering Artist, Holly Dickens Design)
Ryan Garcia (Senior User Experience Designer/Graphic Design Lecturer, California State University Channel Islands)
Jan Helsel (Senior Art Director, Waterway)
Irene Hoffman (Owner/Creative Director, Irene Hoffman Design+Advertising)
Jon Leslie (Art Director/Social Media Strategist, BBM&D Strategic Branding)
Kevin Mapp (Photographer/Videographer, California State University Channel Islands)
Mary Ann Masterson (Co-Founder, Mix & Stir Studio)
Angela Milosevic (Designer, BLITZ Digital Agency)
Cya Nelson (Owner, Cyan Design Studio)
Mark Oliver (Owner/Creative Director, Mark Oliver Inc.)
Allyson Smith (Vice President, Mission Control Media)
Denne Sollenne (Co-Founder, PACE Marcom)
Laura Strohbusch (Graphic Designer, And Company)
Robert St. Pierre (Production Designer, Trilogy Design)
Jacob Tell (CEO/Creative Lead, Oniracom)
Bill Thompson (Photographer/Founder/Principal Partner, Pencilbox Studios)
Jean-Paul Tummler (Senior Graphic Designer, DuPuis Group)
Tad Wagner (Art Director, Oniracom)
Arrate Zavala (Art Director, BBM&D Strategic Branding)

When & Where
Mon, Nov 30, -0001